A farmer’s fingers may possibly be filthy and rough from the time expended in the fields, but they unquestionably notify a tale. 

It’s a story of pride, tricky operate and commitment — all evidenced by hands that are also gentle as they nurture the soil and vegetation — and potent when a obstacle occurs.

Tye Thompson prunes the saplings off the tomato vines which are tied to a pulley type system in the tomato greenhouse.

At least that is the situation for Tye Thompson, a make farm who life in Dundee.

His hands are soiled, cracked and scaly, reported his spouse, Holly. The pair just married in May. 

“I’ve just accepted his hands will often be soiled when he is challenging at operate,” she added. “I was fairly rigorous with him when we bought married. He has gotten much better at wearing gloves. And he generally washes them, clearly.”

I myself observed the fruits of his labor. The do the job ethic and perseverance desired to have out his responsibilities ended up crystal clear as I witnessed Tye decide vibrant red tomatoes from his indeterminate and determinate options in the greenhouse situated on his farm. 

Tye Thompson watches his wife, Holly Thompson, prune the saplings off the tomato vines.

The conditions indeterminate and determinate are prevalent classifications normally noticed on labels of tomato crops or packets of seeds. These conditions refer to the expansion of the tomato plant. 

The Thompsons, who work Tye’s Refreshing Create stands, have 340 indeterminate tall vine tomato vegetation and 480 determinate bushy tomato plants which they cultivated from just little seeds.

Tye's hands are soiled from the hard work needed on the farm.

“I am quite fussy about my tomatoes,” Tye explained. “Also, I am the only 1 that picks them.” 

When Tye stuffed 5-galloon buckets with freshly picked tomatoes, we talked about the good quality and the perfect hue for his homegrown deliver. 

“They have to be to a specific colour purple prior to choosing them,” Tye said. 

Hunting around, I pointed to two tomatoes, working with his logic. 

“I presume you want these picked,” I asked as I photographed him. 

“You have a good eye,” he responded. 

Tye filled 15 five-gallon buckets of tomatoes from his determinate tomato greenhouse.

He loaded 15 buckets that late afternoon as I hauled them to the truck. Tye stuffed up a different 15 buckets that Friday evening to offer at two of his four stands on a Saturday.

Tye, who smiled as he reported the wide range he takes advantage of is a top secret, loves the point his prospects are not able to hold out for his early tomatoes. The tomatoes are sold by the quart at a pair of his produce mobile wagon stands, which are positioned on Ann Arbor Street north of Dundee and close to Tractor Supply on M-50 in Dundee. 

Tye places quart-sized containers filled with tomatoes on his mobile wagon stands.

“My shoppers have been notified that the early tomatoes are at the stands on Saturday’s by Facebook” claimed Tye. “The response has been they are so happy to at last have early clean tomatoes.”

Tye even sent a text to just one of his faithful prospects: Steve Dalton of Tecumseh. 

Steve Dalton of Tecumseh drove to Dundee to purchase 5 quarts of Tye's tomatoes.

“I was unhappy when I ate my very last bite of a clean tomato final period, but it is the best point ever to chunk into a clean tomato now,” said Dalton as he bought 5 quarts of tomatoes. “I take in two of these a working day.”

Tye's freshly grown tomatoes are shown.

A farmer’s palms can be dirty, but the tough perform pays off. 

“The customers are so satisfied consuming the early tomatoes,” Tye reported. “This retains me heading.” 

Editors note: Photojournalist Tom Hawley is following a married few through their initial time of farming together. This is the second element of the ongoing characteristic series.

Tye's freshly grown tomatoes are shown.
Photojournalist Tom Hawley